Việt Nam, Laos hold sixth ministerial consultation

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh and Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith co-chaired the sixth ministerial consultation in the northern province of Quảng Ninh on Wednesday.

Both sides expressed their delight at the considerable development of bilateral ties in various areas, with stronger political trust and regular visits at all levels. Two-way trade is estimated at US$1.1-1.2 billion this year, up 12.6 per cent from 2018, surpassing the set target.

They shared the view that 2020 will be an important year for both Việt Nam and Laos because Việt Nam will serve as Chair of ASEAN and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, while Laos will host sub-regional mechanisms such as the Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Việt Nam Summit and the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit.

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